Meet-up in Monrovia

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Rob and Joy
 

 

I managed to arrive in Monrovia around 6:15, an hour-and-a-half drive from Torrance in traffic thick as the ash and smoke-filled skies from nearby fires. It was easy to find the Mediterranean Grill.  As I took a photo of the place from the front sidewalk, an SUV pulled up and out stepped Joy, Rob, Alice, and Liz.

I had met Joy and Alice at a meet-up in Santa Monica in March, and Liz in Tucson last week. It was a thrill to see them again. I recognized Rob right away from the portrait picture that he shares with Joy. A large table was reserved against a back wall which was open and airy. Soon after, Tracy, Belinda, Prissy, and Angelica arrived to add more cheery smiles to the gathering. Maureen came in solo, a little nervous about her first meet-up, but quickly blended with the friendly group of TB'ers.

They looked so innocent
The party was on.

 

The LA meet-up in Monrovia provided a feast of Greek/Middle Eastern food, hookahs, a two-man band playing a fine selection of upbeat tunes, and a sweet belly dancer swaying from table to table. The hosts, Joy and Rob, made for a great Meet-up, my third. Meet-ups are awesome - seeing friends from previous ones and meeting other longtime 'friends' in person. David was one, from San Diego, and we had a pleasant visit. Mark, Elmo, and Eric arrived a bit later, dancing their way to the table with the belly dancer to cheers from the other TB'ers. I didn't get to talk to everyone as I would have liked, but hopefully we will sometime meet again. It was a great bunch.

 

Joy called everyone outside one by one to sign the award for Liz who had traveled furthest to the event - all the way from Norway;  a pink pair of short pants with 'Hollywood' arcing across the rear-end in white letters.

 

 

cneoridium says:
Hey, that came out pretty well! I put a link to here from my blog, hope you don't mind...
Posted on: Dec 14, 2008
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Rob and Joy
Rob and Joy
They looked so innocent
They looked so innocent
Belly dancer
Belly dancer
Eric, Elmo, and David
Eric, Elmo, and David
Hookah time
Hookah time
Joy and Kyle
Joy and Kyle
Late arrivals
Late arrivals
Liz
Liz
Liz from Norway
Liz from Norway
Lucky Kyle
Lucky Kyle
Maureen
Maureen
Maureen, Belinda, and Alice
Maureen, Belinda, and Alice
The Mediterranean Grill
The Mediterranean Grill
Pool at Rob & Joys
Pool at Rob & Joy's
Prissy and Angelica
Prissy and Angelica
Rob & Joy
Rob & Joy
TB artwork
TB artwork
The band
The band
The belly dancer
The belly dancer
Early arrivals
Early arrivals
Tracy
Tracy
Tracy and David
Tracy and David
View from outside
View from outside
Monrovia
photo by: jenn79